This is what happens to a bored photographer with a camera in his hands. I had to wait for my family to get ready so that we could get out for some fun time on the beach, so I grabbed my camera which had my macro lens mounted from a previous project. Being the lazy guy that I am, I didn’t get up to find something interesting to shoot but looked around from where I was seated. The next best thing was the window with its pleats pulled up. Here is the image that I got:
Processing was easy. Basically, I went with the High Key 1 preset in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Since this preset usually blows out the blacks pretty much and turns them in to an almost light grayish tone, I carefully darkened the blacks a bit to get back some of the almost geometric structure in the fabric itself as well as to emphasize the strong vertical line of the cord. The last finishing touch I did was in Lightroom where I did a subtle perspective correction and rotation. Here is the final result.
So what’s the lesson to be learned here? There are images everywhere. There’s no excuse for being lazy and stop seeing. Even if you don’t have a camera at hand (because you forgot your smartphone at home), you can still keep seeing possible shots that you would have taken.
So, happy shooting!